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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Feb 21, 2011 8:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tonight's GD (trivia) question

The track break on Live Dead (original LP as well as CD reissue) occurs after William Tell, thus including it in with St Stephen. Also, both the St Stephen and William Tell on Live Dead come from 2-27, while The Eleven comes from 1-26.

That said, track breaks on commercial releases of St Stephen > The Eleven are all over the map--many occurring only with the transition to the 11-beat rhythm. That makes sense given the title, but it doesn't match the break on Live Dead, nor does it really make sense musically, IMO.

I always have and always will think of WT as part of The Eleven just because it strikes me as the beginning of something new rather than the end of St Stephen, and the transition into the jam that becomes The Eleven has such a great energy. Also, they only ever played it those two times without The Eleven, which means they never played it again after they stopped playing The Eleven, even though they played St Stephen frequently. Not much of an argument, I know, but it works for me.